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Cooperative Plan and Agreement with Bristol
During a March meeting, Pleasant Prairie Board members considered a revised Cooperative Plan and Agreement with the Town of Bristol. The document creates guidelines for how future boundary adjustments between the two municipalities can take place. The body of the agreement provides for: orderly development in the neighboring communities; addressing requests of residents who wish to attach to the Village; and handling Sewer, Water and Clean Water services along with other Public Safety services. Governing bodies for both Pleasant Prairie and Bristol will need to adopt the agreement for it to take effect.

A Settlement Agreement between the two municipalities was first created in 1997 to help guide cooperative interaction. Because of changes that have taken place during the past ten years, new consideration was given to the agreement. Updates will help the two municipalities ensure that conditions along the boundary remain equitable for residents of both the Village and Town.

While Bristol has already approved a version of the agreement, representatives for Pleasant Prairie plan to continue to work with Bristol to define more specific wording for the term of the agreement and for more specific timing for certain actions. The two municipalities share boundaries at the edge of a Pleasant Prairie Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) District. Currently, Bristol is considering alternative options related to its municipal structure. If Bristol incorporates and becomes a Village, it would also have the power to create a TIF District to help finance development. Incorporation, however, would also create additional challenges for the Town.

Although a hearing was held before the Cooperative Plan was complete, Pleasant Prairie is in favor of a second public hearing related to the agreement to gain more input from both Bristol and Pleasant Prairie residents and from the Bristol Town Board. The end result of a cooperative agreement would be additional protection for the taxpayers of both municipalities from bearing the financial burden of development within the neighboring community. A new agreement would also establish a clearly defined process for residents along the municipal boundaries to follow when considering development of their property.

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